Roger Ebert Apologizes For Ryan Dunn Tweet

Roger Ebert Apologizes For Ryan Dunn Tweets

Roger Ebert, the movie critic who has a tendency to harshly criticize things other than movies, has semi-apologized for the tactless tweet he released yesterday only a few hours after Ryan Dunn’s death.

The movie critic released this statement on his blog earlier today:

“To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn’s family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash. I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one. I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true. I have no way of knowing if Ryan Dunn was drunk at the time of his death. I don’t know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly. I do know that nobody has any business driving on a public highway at 110 mph, as some estimated — or fast enough, anyway, to leave a highway and fly through 40 yards of trees before crashing. That is especially true if the driver has had three shots and three beers. Two people were killed. What if the car had crashed into another car?”

Ebert makes reasonable statements, but it’s important — especially regarding sensitive situations such as this — to realize when is too soon or when something shouldn’t be said at all. In this day in age, with Twitter, Blogger, etc. no string of words goes unnoticed (especially by us bloggers), and celebrities should do their best to remember this — for their well-being and for others’.

What do you think? Even though some of what Ebert said was true, do you think it was too soon? Drop your comments below.

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